Brigid Hennessy, 35, last made contact with her family in Australia on Sunday morning and is missing in Colombia.
Brigid Hennessy, 35, last made contact with her family in Australia on Sunday morning and is missing in Colombia. News Corp Australia

Qld family's search for woman missing in Colombia

A QUEENSLAND woman backpacking through remote Colombia has vanished, missing nearly a week of planned daily contact with her family.

Brigid Hennessy, a human rights advocate and University of Queensland graduate, last made contact on Sunday morning after arriving in Sapzurro, a small seaside town in the country's north.

The 35-year-old, who is travelling alone through South America, had left her itinerary with family and made arrangements to contact them every day.

"We now have local police, people and tourists in the area keeping an eye out for her," her sister wrote on Facebook.

"We are trying to track possible places she may be going if she has moved.

"This is out of character for her. She is usually in daily contact and lets us know when she is moving to another place or if she will be out of range."

Ms Hennessy arrived in Sapzurro, Choco Department, on February 1, where she planned to spend several days exploring.

The town is often described on travel blogs as safe but the Federal Government recommends Australians not enter Choco Department.

"We advise against all travel here due to the very high risk," the smartraveller.gov.au site warns.

Ms Hennessy's family believe she may have intended to head further north to the historic port city of Cartagena but they do not know if she ever left Sapzurro.

She has been backpacking for months and is an experienced traveller who has spent a lot of time in Third World countries.

A teacher with a masters in development practice, Ms Hennessy has lived in Nepal, Bangladesh and Mongolia. She worked as a mental health support worker and in youth development, and lived in Brisbane and Mackay.

"We are hoping she just got caught out of reception unexpectedly and will be in contact soon," a post from her family said.

"But we love her too much just to sit back and hope, so any information would be helpful."

News Corp Australia


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